New: Paper Development Workshop (PDW) at the 2020 Conference


This year the Sinergie – SIMA Management Conference offers an interesting new opportunity: Paper Development Workshop (PDW).
During the Conference, authors will have the possibility to obtain guidance and expertise in the development of their manuscript for potential submission to a top-tier international management journal.
This PDW is oriented at authors of fully developed papers who seek advice aimed at strengthening and improving their papers. It is also open to papers in the “Revise & Resubmit” stage, whose authors may find useful the interaction with the audience of the PWD to improve their responses to referees.
The PDW will be organized as follows: (a) authors of selected papers are expected to give a short presentation of their paper (also possibly focusing on the main referees’ comments and answers to them); (b) each paper will receive comments from a scholar who is expert in their area of investigation. More instructions about the organization of the PDW will be provided to the authors of the accepted papers at a later stage.
Because of time limitations, the PDW organizing committee will make a selection of the submitted papers and inform the authors accordingly.

Please consider the following requirements for submissions to PDW:

  • The paper is written in English.
  • The paper focuses on a subject that is connected to the conference theme “Grand challenges: companies and universities working for a better society”. Conceptual, qualitative and quantitative papers will be equally given consideration in the selection process.
  • Preference will be given to papers whose authors include at least one young scholar (less than 40 years old) available to present at the PDW during the Sinergie-Sima conference.
  • The authors are invited to indicate in a note on the front-page the paper’s target journal(s), and, in the case of R&R papers, the journal where the paper is under consideration at the time of the submission.

Papers should be submitted by sending an email to and c.c to “PDW Sinergie Sima 2020” has to be indicated in the email. Each applicant should submit only one paper. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2020, in the authors’ time zone. Submitted papers must follow the conference instructions for submission.
Submitting authors will be notified of the results of the PDW review process by March 31st, 2020, and will need to confirm their participation in the PDW by April 15th, 2020.
Authors will need to register for the SIMA-Sinergie conference in order to participate in the PDW.

PWD Organizing Committee:
Elisa Giuliani University of Pisa
Valentina De Marchi, University of Padova
Francesco Rullani, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice


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